'I can't wait to get back to Afghanistan'
NEARLY three months after suffering significant injuries in an Afghanistan roadside bombing, Central Queensland soldier Tim Loch is on the path to recovery.
And despite his ordeal and the ongoing troubles in Afghanistan the dedicated Army combat engineer is keen to return to work in the war hot spot.
Tim's mother Jackie yesterday said her son, 24, last week had been moved from hospital into a military rehabilitation centre.
Lance Corporal Loch was one of two soldiers from the Townsville-based 3rd Brigade injured when a 35 kilogram bomb exploded under their Bushmaster armoured personnel vehicle.
Jackie said Tim suffered a fractured thighbone, dislocated shoulder and his heel imploded into his foot from the shock of the explosion.
He was knocked unconscious and such was the power of the blast, Jackie said, there were reports that the vehicle's wheels were blown more than 220 metres apart.
Tim was helped by a quick-thinking colleague who was also injured.
He was later evacuated out of the country for treatment.
Tomorrow will be three months to the day since the attack.
“Tim is in excellent spirits,” Jackie said from the family's property, Rutland, in the Lochington/Willows area west of Emerald.
She thanked the many members of the community, including former soldiers, who'd contacted Tim and the family offering support.
Jackie said Tim was keen to get back on his feet.
He's been in the army since he was 17 and is looking forward to returning.
“He says he wants to go back to Afghanistan,” Jackie said.
“The mental attitude of the soldiers is amazing, they really want to make a difference over there.”
Jackie said the army had been fully supportive.
“They have really gone above and beyond,” she said.
Jackie was initially flown to Germany to be at her son's hospital bedside while he underwent treatment following the July attack.